Coniston Cricket Club currently has two mens teams playing in the 3rd and 4th Divisions of the Westmorland Cricket League, and a junior team.
The club is running and maintaining the site and the current pavilion and will be involved in the construction and management of the new Coniston Cricket Pavilion.
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Cricket Memebrs Interview
The ground has neighbours on three sides with dry stone walls between, along the boarders. All neighbouring land is privately owned.
The site on the left is grazing pasture (although the current owner has an idea to make this a car park.) The house on the right is used as a guest house. The remaining sites are currently meadow land, one with a small holiday hut.
There is physical access to the site and access to the sports on offer in general.
Physical access to users and visitors is from Yewdale Road, through a wooden gate that is permanently open.
The pathway running up to the changing rooms is not suitable for vehicle access.
Parking is on the road.
The clubs welcome public interest in their sports and don’t mind people visiting the site and using it when no games are on.
The pitches can be hired, and there are ideas to offer lessons and introductions for visitors in the future.
The land is in private ownership and leased by the Coniston Institute in order to support sports and social life in the village. Under the lease agreement all buildings on the site are the responsibility of the tenant and cannot be owned by the Cricket Club. The existing building and future building therefore belong to the Coniston Institute.
The current changing rooms have been financed and built by the Cricket Club.
The new Cricket Pavilion would be a mixed investment, with part public funding and labour and in kind support from the club.
The edge of the cricket field runs parallel to the surrounding dry stone walls, only leaving 100cm for walking around the back.
The footprint of the existing pavilion is approximately 5.8m deep and 6.4 metres wide. The Lake District National Park Planning Authority have indicated that a footprint about twice this size could be acceptable.
The existing structures can all go, but the functions need to be replaced.
One large tree trunk sits between the building and the storage shed.
Structure on Site
Each of the three clubs have small structures to provide for the club life and tools.
It includes sheltered benches, sheds for lawn mowers and other equipment, a small club house with office and tea kitchen for the Bowling Club, and changing facilities and toilets in the Cricket hut.
Village – Cricket Club – Landscape
The site of the club is within the village, which historically developed along individual farms and buildings mainly along two roads. Coniston is still intercepted by open fields with surrounding dry stone walls and the Cricket Club site borders fields on three sides and is visually and physically closely connected to its surrounding landscape. The view from the field is stunning and captures the images and qualities which made the Lake District such a popular destination for holidays and short breaks.
Plenty of benches are currently provided, to view the games from all angles.
There are currently more benches than average viewer numbers for games.
The club welcomes new members and more guests to the games.
The network is vaster as the relative quietness of the site might suggest.
During seasons the site is used to host all the games the Coniston Cricket Club is involved in with their two teams, but the site is known in a much wider cricket circuit for its unique location, beauty and views. The club frequently gets requests from other teams to use the grounds and play friendlies, from as far away as Tasmania.
Coniston Institute – Cricket Club
The lease for the land is with Coniston Institute, and was first issued in 1911, then renewed over the years. This relationship has not been acted on for decades but needs to be recognised with the new shared ambition to develop the building.
Public Access and Audience
The site is not public land but is currently accessible by the general public.
The gate is not locked and anyone can go on the grounds at any time.
A general access should remain with an emphasis on respecting the ground, its facilities and neighbours.
The audience numbers during game times are relatively low, but should increase.
Currently the signage isn’t very obvious, and extra information and communication about when the next game takes place, where to hire the facilities from, how to use it, etc is needed.
Season – Off Season
Cricket Season, Summer Season, Tourist Season.
The site is currently only used during the Cricket season from May to October.
Even though it is changing and more tourists also come all year round, it can be generally said that the winter season is the quieter season and the community season, where more activities and events are taking place for the residents and local communities.